White House press secretary Jen Psaki had no idea what she was in for.
Psaki’s already suffered a rocky tenure.
And Jen Psaki picked one fight with Fox News that blew up in her face in one major way.
During Joe Biden’s first press conference, Biden had a cheat sheet with pictures of reporters marked with the order in which Biden was to call on them.
Biden only called on friendly Democrat activists to mainly ask him questions about how wonderful he was, how evil Republicans are, and if he would run for re-election in 2024.
Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy was not among the ten questioners Biden called on.
In the press briefing the following day Doocy asked Psaki why Biden had never called on him for a question during any media availability going back to the campaign, and Doocy wanted to know if it was Biden’s official policy to blacklist Fox News.
“We noticed that starting at the end of the campaign, and into the transition, and here at the White House, any time that the president has an event where he’s given a list of reporters to call on, Fox is the only member of the five-network TV pool that has never been on the list in front of the president,” Doocy asked Psaki. “And I’m just curious if that’s an official administration policy.”
Psaki responded that Biden had answered questions from Doocy before.
But Doocy shot back that Biden only answers questions from Fox News when Doocy has to shout them at Biden as Biden leaves the event and that Fox is the only network in the five member broadcast pool not to be called on for a question.
“Unfortunately, only when I have shouted after he goes through his whole list,” Doocy added. “And the president has been very generous with his time with Fox. I’m just curious about this list that he is given. The only member of the five-network pool never on it dating back to when he resumed in-person events in Wilmington during the end of the campaign.”
Psaki claimed that Fox was not being denied access because Psaki called on Doocy every day in the briefing room for a question.
That answer did not sit well with Fox’s former White House correspondent and current midday anchor John Roberts who blasted Psaki’s response as “absolute hogwash.”
“Absolute hogwash! He has never been on the list, he has only gotten questions when he’s shouted them at the president. The president has said on occasion, ‘You know what, you always ask me the tough questions, but I like you, so go ahead, bring it on.’ He has not been on that list.” Roberts thundered.
Roberts added that former President Trump certainly had disagreements with liberal networks like MSNBC and CNN, but that he regularly called on them for a question.
“He called on them, and he called on them more often than not. Doocy has never been on that list, so what she said today was absolute, unadulterated hogwash!” Roberts added.
Biden’s poor performance in the press conference where he repeatedly lost his train of thought and made bizarre statements explains why Doocy was kept off the list of government approved media outlets.
Joe Biden’s handlers knew Biden could barely handle simple questions from supporters so they were not about to allow him to take a difficult question from someone who they could not count on to be supportive.
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